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Gordon Hayward Leaves Game With Strained Neck, Celtics To Give Al Horford Rest

Mar 17, 2019 12:21 PM

Gordon Hayward strained his neck following a collision in the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks. His timetable is day-to-day.

"I talked to him at halftime. Obviously, pretty woozy from that hit. I don't have any update on him, but you could see right away that it was quite a hit," said Brad Stevens.

Al Horford briefly left the game in the 3rd quarter after banging his knee, but returned in the 4th.

Stevens said that the Celtics will rest Horford for 3-4 games over the next 12 games.

"We have three or four games already picked out over the next 12 that Al will not play," said Stevens.

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James Dolan Expects Knicks To Have 'Very Successful Offseason From What We've Heard'

Mar 13, 2019 7:12 AM

James Dolan revealed the New York Knicks have already heard from players and their representatives expressing interest in joining the franchise this offseason.

The Knicks have been linked with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

“No, look, New York is the mecca of basketball,” Dolan said. “We hear from people all the time, from players, representatives. It’s about who wants to come. We can’t respond because of the NBA rules, but that doesn’t stop them from telling us and they do.

“I can tell you from what we’ve heard I think we’re going to have a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents. The thing about the team now is that it’s very young. It’s the youngest team in the NBA. You take a look at some of the players that we have and they won’t be the centerpiece of the team, but as complements to the centerpiece of the team, we’re developing them right now.”

Dolan was asked if he expects the best available free agents to sign with the Knicks.

“Yes, I do think that,” he said. “I think we offer a pretty good situation for them. One, is a lot of them love New York. A bunch of them live in New York in the offseason. They know the team. They know [David Fizdale] really well. They know Steve [Mills) and they know Scott [Perry]. I think they’re fairly confident about the organization.

“Players who are free agents want to go to a winner and they want to get paid. We’re definitely going to pay them. And we think with them combined with the kids that we have, that we can build a winning team.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving Offers Effusive Praise Of Doc Rivers

Mar 12, 2019 9:08 AM

Kyrie Irving was asked for his thoughts on the Los Angeles Clippers' season and turned it into a ringing endorsement for Doc Rivers.

"It's so easy to play for a guy that's been a player in this league," said Irving of Rivers.

"He's won a championship and he's done unbelievable things in this league for his players while giving them confidence to go out there and be who they are.

"Lou (Williams) signed an extension for a reason, and that's Doc. He puts those guys in position, gives them the freedom and keeps them encouraged throughout the whole game -- especially when they're at home."

Rivers had a 13-year NBA playing career while Brad Stevens played collegiately at DePauw.

The Los Angeles Clippers plan to pursue multiple max level free agent this offseason.

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Kyrie Irving On Leadership Struggles This Season: 'I've Made A Lot Of Mistakes'

Mar 12, 2019 1:33 AM

Kyrie Irving acknowledged his struggles growing into a leadership role with the Boston Celtics this season.

“The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect. I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize. I haven’t done it perfectly. I haven’t said the right things all the time. I don’t want to sit on a place like I’m on a pedestal from anybody. I’m a normal human being that makes mistakes. For me, I think because of how fixated I was on trying to prove other people wrong, I got into a lot of habits that were bad, like reading stuff and reacting emotionally. That’s just not who I am," said Irving.

Irving said his goal is to be an example for future generations of how a player can evolve their career.

“It’s a responsibility that I have to make sure that I know who I’m doing this for and know why I’m doing this. It’s for the players that are coming behind me who will be in this league and setting an example for them on how to handle things and how to evolve within your career.”

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Jabari Bird Pleads Guilty Of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

Mar 11, 2019 7:02 PM

Jabari Bird is awaiting sentencing after making a plea in a case accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Bird faced several charges in the alleged attack on the woman in September, including strangulation or suffocation, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The woman said "the physical and psychological pain you have caused me will haunt me forever."

Bird was traded by the Boston Celtics in February to the Atlanta Hawks and was subsequently waived.

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Kyrie Irving Empathizes With LeBron James' Struggles With Lakers

Mar 9, 2019 12:51 PM

Kyrie Irving said that criticism towards LeBron James this season was unfair due to the lack of playoff experience on the Los Angeles Lakers roster.

“You’re coming to a team like that and you have a lot of the responsibility, and you come back in the middle of the regular season, it’s hard because now other teams are gearing up for the playoffs, that next level of play. Bron knows about it, (Rajon) Rondo knows about it, but Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) and Brandon Ingram, he’s trying to teach these guys well about what it takes to win consistently in this league," said Irving.

Irving added that he empathized with James during his groin injury.

“I feel for him. I really do. I feel for him. I’m very empathetic towards it because how much he wanted to play during that time when he messed up his groin,” added Irving.

Irving also believes that his championship experience with the Cavs would pay off with the Celtics during this season's playoff run.

“My confidence runs deep regardless, but especially when it’s at the highest point of competition, it’s when I did my best...I think that experience and that carryover from taking (the championship), from the opportunity of being in Cleveland and then taking (the experience) to Boston gives me my confidence in my teammates now.”

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Windhorst: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Were Like 'A Middle School Couple' At ASG

Mar 8, 2019 6:14 PM

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have been linked with signing with the New York Knicks over the past few weeks. Irving and Durant were teammates at the All-Star Game and shared a lengthy, public conversation after Boston's win at Golden State this week.

"I was talking to some people who were with "Team Free Agent", I mean "Team LeBron" at All-Star," said Brian Windhorst. "And they said that Kyrie and KD were like a middle school couple that weekend. Eating together... Doing drills together at practice.

"'I'll rebound for you. You rebound for me. I'll post you up. You post me up.'

"They went to Miami together after the weekend."

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Kyrie Irving Found Recent Conversations With Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens Very Helpful

Mar 6, 2019 8:45 AM

Kyrie Irving had separate conversations in recent days with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens, which he says have eased his tensions.

Irving has had a tumultuous month with Anthony Davis trade rumors, his own links to the New York Knicks, and the continued struggles of the Boston Celtics.

“That long plane ride helped us out, I’ll just say that,” Irving said of the past two days. “We needed it. We want to get to a point we’re just going to get tired of fighting each other, fighting the outside world when it doesn’t even matter. This is our sanctuary and we have to do everything to protect it. We can’t let anybody infiltrate it.

“The business part of it is what makes (the game) terrible for me, honestly dealing with all this (expletive). The basketball part, I have to keep that fun, that’s where I’m great. That’s where I love to play and be around my teammates. That’s what makes me happy.

“It wasn’t a change of perspective. It was just letting the guard down completely. Just not thinking I’m at odds with everybody. It’s not a competition in this locker room. Talking with Brad was very helpful. Talking with Danny was very helpful. That made it very easy to just go out and just have fun playing basketball.”

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Paul George Tells Gordon Hayward It Took 2 Years To Recover From Tibia Fracture

Mar 6, 2019 2:13 AM

Gordon Hayward sought assistance from a mental health counselor to help recover mentally from his gruesome ankle injury suffered last season.

"It's hard. It's embarrassing. You want to be the guy that says, 'I'm strong. I don't need any help,'" said Hayward.

Hayward also received words of encouragement from Paul George, who recovered from a catastrophic leg injury in 2014. George said it took a full 2 years before he could play freely again.

"Patience. Focus on who you are, not who you used to be," George advised Hayward.

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Tags: Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Danny Ainge: Brad Stevens Is Least To Blame By Far For Boston's Issues

Mar 5, 2019 12:40 PM

Danny Ainge has defended Brad Stevens against mounting criticism for how the Boston Celtics have underachieved this season.

“There’s blame to share for everybody,” Ainge said during his weekly radio appearance. “But I will say this. He’s the least, by far, of anybody that there is to blame because I know Brad is going to be prepared and I know Brad is putting in the work to do whatever he can to help this team and fix this team."

Stevens has attempted to shoulder some of the blame with his comments to the media.

“I understand that as troubling as it is for you and as troubling as it is for me,” Ainge said. “I’ve been there as a player, and it’s 10 times more troubling for them.”

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Suns' Trade With Celtics For Terry Rozier Fell Apart Over Pick Protections
The Celtics demanded an unprotected first round pick in exchange for Terry Rozier.

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Kyrie Irving Has Grown 'Disengaged, Detached' From Celtics
Sources say the change began in early February around the time Kyrie Irving was asked about the possibility of signing with the Knicks.

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Kyrie Irving Just Wants To Play Basketball, Avoid Overwhelming Distractions
Kyrie Irving says the recent grind of the Celtics' season and the media focus has become an issue for him on a personal level.

John Karalis/MassLive.com

Warriors To Sign Andrew Bogut
The 76ers and Celtics also showed interest in Andrew Bogut.

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Wyc Grousbeck: Celtics Can Make Finals Or Lose In First Round
Grousbeck stated that the Celtics had the "worst February" he can remember since taking over the team in 2002.

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Brad Stevens Following Fourth Straight Loss: Celtics 'Desperate For A Win'
The Celtics have lost four straight games.

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Marcus Smart: Celtics Struggle Because 'Nobody Is Together'
The Celtics have lost 3 games in a row, and 5 out of their last 7.

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Celtics Told Pelicans At Deadline Everyone Can Be Available In Anthony Davis Trade
There has been varying speculation whether the Celtics will make Jayson Tatum available in Anthony Davis trade talks.

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Jayson Tatum 'Knows' He'll Be An All-Star Next Season
Jayson Tatum's efficiency has dropped this season as his usage has increased amidst a disappointing regular season for the Celtics.

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Brad Stevens 'Disappointed' In Himself
The Celtics have failed to meet expectations this season.

Jay King/The Athletic

Refs Miss 5 Calls In Last 3.7 Seconds Of Bucks/Celtics Game
Kyrie Irving was fouled twice on the Celtics' final possession, both of which were not called.

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Kyrie Irving Featured In Commercial For Beyond Meat
Kyrie Irving is an investor in the vegan food company.

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Celtics Not A Long-Term Destination For Anthony Davis
Davis recently stated that all 29 teams outside of the Pelicans are on his list of preferred destinations.

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LeBron James: 'I've Always Loved Kyrie'
Irving sought leadership advice from James earlier this season after a difficult start to the season for the Celtics.

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Danny Ainge Doesn't Think Celtics Necessarily Avoided Mistake With Rejected Justise Winslow Deal
Danny Ainge is glad the Celtics remained patient.

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Danny Ainge Calls Suggestion Celtics Better Without Kyrie Irving 'Completely Illogical'
The Celtics had an impressive win at the 76ers last week and also reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season without Kyrie Irving.

John Karalis/Boston Globe

Brad Stevens: I Have To Do A Way Better Job Holding Us To Our Standards
The Celtics have had a disappointing record and Brad Stevens has received some criticism for his coaching.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline.

RealGM Staff Report

Kyrie Irving To Miss Sixers Game On Tuesday With Knee Strain
Irving is listed as day-to-day after suffering a strained knee last weekend.

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Kyrie Irving Day-To-Day With Strained Knee
Irving left the second quarter of last night's Celtics' loss to the Clippers.

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